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Ruins of a small temple near Cheon

Ruins of a small temple near Cheon

Photographer: Peppé, Thomas Fraser

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/28(2836)

Item number: 1000282836

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruins of a small temple near Cheon, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 28), taken by Thomas Fraser Peppé in 1870. Cheon is in the Gaya District, Bihar which is known for Gaya city, the place where Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It is also a sacred area for Hindus, as it is believed to be empowered by Vishnu. The area is on a level plain and has a ridge of beautiful wooded hills along the southern boundary. This view shows the entrance to a small shrine; descriptive notes by T.F. Peppé accompanying the photograph state: ''...On [a] little hill called Puchar, there is a cave about half way up the hill. It is a natural hollow which has been built up enclosing a chamber some 10 feet by 12, with a doorway supported on bracket pillars. Inside there is a figure of Boodh surrounded by a seven-headed snake called lungabeer. There is also a figure of Maha Maya, the mother of Boodh''

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